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PG-233589-16

Tulane University (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)
Marcello Canuto (Project Director: 05/01/2015 to present)

General Preservation Assessment of Ancient Egyptian Collection

Hiring a consultant to conduct a preservation assessment and offer a workshop on care and handling of objects for museum staff and purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse a historic collection of Egyptian mummies and associated artifacts that were acquired by the university in the 1850s.  The unique collection, which dates to the New Kingdom (between 1,500 and 850 BCE), consists of three wooden coffins with painted decoration, two mummies, their cartonnage cases, and accompanying papyrus and linen fragments.  It was part of a 19th-century traveling exhibit that came to Tulane (then the University of Louisiana) via George R. Gliddon, a United States Vice Consul in Cairo, who used the mummies to illustrate ancient burial techniques in his lectures.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Near and Middle Eastern History; U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017